House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik contended that President Biden and Democrats pose a “threat to democracy” over efforts to jettison Donald Trump from 2024 ballots.
“Joe Biden and Democrats are a threat to democracy,” Stefanik (R-NY) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Moderator Kristen Welker later asked Stefanik point-blank, “Would you vote to certify, and will you vote to certify, the results of the 2024 election no matter what they show?”
“We will see if this is a legal and valid election. What we’re seeing so far is that Democrats are so desperate — they’re trying to remove President Trump from the ballot that is the suppression of the American people,” Stefanik replied.
Stefanik was one of 147 Republicans in Congress who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021.
She cited objections to Pennsylvania because of “unconstitutional overreach,” alluding to gripes about how the Keystone State’s Supreme Court and Secretary of State reworked election policy to roll back signature matching requirements without legislation.
That change came about in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stefanik also voiced optimism that the US Supreme Court will ultimately cement Trump’s place on key ballots ahead of the 2024 election.
Late last year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled him ineligible for the state’s primary ballot due to the Disqualification Clause in the 14th Amendment and his actions revolving around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
That ruling has been halted amid the US Supreme Court’s decision to wade in on the simmering legal dispute. Colorado’s primary election is slated for March 5.
After Colorado, Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, unilaterally moved to bump him from that state’s ballot but has since said he will likely remain on it, pending the US Supreme Court’s decision to take up the Colorado case.
Other states have mulled taking similar action against Trump.
Stefanik later echoed Trump’s rhetoric, calling some of the hundreds of men and women who have been prosecuted for storming the Capitol, “hostages.”
“I have concerns about the treatment of January 6 hostages,” she said. “We have a role in Congress of oversight over our treatment of prisoners.”
We’re seeing the weaponization of the federal government against not just President Trump, but we’re seeing it against conservatives, we’re seeing it against Catholics.”
Well over 1,200 participants have been charged by prosecutors since the violent ransacking of the Capitol three years ago.
After the riot, Stefanik took to the House floor and condemned the violence. On Sunday, she underscored that she has “stood for election integrity and security of our elections.”
“The real threat to our democracy is these baseless witch hunt investigations and lawsuits against President Trump,” she said.
Trump is facing 91 criminal counts spanning four indictments.
Stefanik, who has been one of Trump’s most ardent backers in the House of Representatives, recently withdrew her support of an Ohio Republican vying for the lower chamber after audio emerged of him badmouthing the former president.
When asked about speculation that she could serve as Trump’s running mate in 2024, Stefanik expressed openness.
“Of course, I would be honored to serve in any capacity in a Trump administration. I’m proud to be the first member of Congress to endorse his reelection. I’m proud to be a strong supporter of President Trump and he’s going to win this November,” she replied.
Last month, the Empire State Republican made waves when she grilled the chiefs of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology over their policies to combat antisemitism on campus.
After that testimony, UPenn President Liz Magill quickly resigned. Then, at the start of the new year, Harvard president Claudine Gay stepped down amid a growing firestorm over alleged plagiarism.
“It was long overdue. She should have resigned immediately following the hearing,” Stefanik said of Gay’s resignation.
“It was the most morally bankrupt testimony I’ve heard ever in Congress.”
Stefanik bristled when pressed about Trump’s rhetoric, including a statement last month that migrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” something Democrats alleged parrots talking points of Adolf Hitler.
“We have the media which is so biased, which is reiterating whatever the talking points the Biden campaign is giving,” she fired back.
“Our border crisis is poisoning Americans through fentanyl. It is poisoning people, including in my district who are dying from overdoses of fentanyl. And you know why — because of Joe Biden’s wide-open border,” she continued.
Stefanik is the No. 4 House Republican. She also predicted that “Biden will be found to be the most corrupt president in our nation’s history.”